Opinion

HEADING FOR THE HILLS

Sometimes numb

Well, yes, I am convinced there are more than two.There is the real world. The scent of pine. Seasons. Foot and hoof prints. Bricks and mortar. Heartburn. Birdsong and butterfly wings. Thunder. The circle...

WOMEN I admire

It took the love of an extraordinary woman for me to start becoming aware. Aware of the huge continuous struggle and achievements of women in a world that makes it all so much harder than it usually is...

random thoughts

The world white with May

I think, dear Reader, that by now you know that I love quotations. Two recently have kept recurring in my mind. The first is Tennyson’s ’Blow trumpets, the world is white with May’. Pondering this,...

THE LAST WORD

Playing at Punditry

I’m one of those football fans who likes the game, and in fact still plays, but only keeps a cursory eye on fixtures, results and signings. However, that changes when it comes to those peak moments in...

Geography and the Catalan conflict

In the early 21st century, several popular authors espoused the view that today’s unprecedentedly cheap and fast communications would act as a global equaliser, allowing companies located anywhere in...

Long-term resident

Silly old coups

Who – if they’re as long in the tooth as myself, or longer – doesn’t remember the 1981 attempted coup d’état that once took place in the Kingdom of Spain? On February 23rd, at 2.30pm, six buses...

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

Empty threats

Marxem!” (We’re leaving!) “Ja esta, anem cap a casa de l’avia!” (That’s it, we’re going to grandma’s house!) “S’ha acabat!” (It’s over!) ”Ja no hi ha més!” (That’s it, no...

HEADING FOR THE HILLS

Root and branch

I have just been tended to by a tree surgeon. Yes, me, not our olives.It was a significant relief, a comprehensive sensory hour very well-spent (again) up the hill in the village.Well, I needed it: Sinusitis...

THE LAST WORD

Universal suffrage?

There are plenty of frustrating things about being a foreign resident, but the one that still smarts after so many years is not being able to vote. I’ve now lived in Catalonia longer than I did in my...

BLURRED lives

Without barely noticing it, we are routinely doing two things (or even more) at the same time. I don’t mean having the TV on in our houses, as Juan Goytisolo called it, “Spanishing on” in the background...